The first three UFC 196 bouts are in the books, and they were pretty exciting. Two finishes (which you can check out below) and an entertaining battle of lightweight veterans meant the Fight Pass bouts were worth a watch. But if you missed then, here's how it all went down.
Diego Sanchez defeated Jim Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sanchez looked the best he has in years, taking it to Miller in the first with pressure and a strong top game. Miller came back in the second, tagging Sanchez on the feet and avoiding the takedown. He seemed to gas out a bit early in round three though, allowing Sanchez to maintain his pressure game and land more strikes. A late (but brief) takedown likely sealed the win, and he won a unanimous decision.
Jason Saggo defeated Justin Salas by TKO (strikes), 4:31 of round 1
After a minute or so on the feet, Saggo basically let Salas take him town and he worked off of his back. He used a sweet omoplata sweep to get to the top, then eventually took the back and put Salas in defensive mode. After getting both hooks and flattening him out, he opened up with a barrage of strikes that Salas was unable to defend and it led to the TKO stoppage.
Here's video of the finish.
Teruto Ishihara defeated Julian Erosa via knockout (punches), :34, round 2
After exploiting a speed advantage to land some strikes and take the first round, Ishihara caught Erosa with a beautiful counter left hook early in round two that sent him to the mat. He quickly capitalized with a shot on the ground that put his opponent out, then kept pounding away until the referee finally waived it off and he had his first UFC win.